Vietnam is a country that honors the past and celebrates the future. Sharing borders with Cambodia, Laos, and China, the topography varies from coastal plains to mountain ranges. The Vietnamese culture has evolved on the basis of the wet rice civilization, and the local lifestyle is closely related to its village and native lands. The diversity of the 54 ethnic groups is apparent in the many traditional and cultural treasures. Popular destinations include the dazzling capital of Hanoi, French colonial landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City, colorful streets of Hoi An, terraced highlands of Sapa, and the limestone pillars of Ha Long Bay.